I spent two weeks learning ALL about Landforms and we had a BLAST! My students were full of knowledge by the end of the two weeks and they were eager for more!!
I added a landform poem into my Poetry pack. We made hand movements for the different landforms (ex. for mountains we put our arms up into a point, for hills we put our arms up but made sure they were rounded).
When we were ready to add the poems into our notebooks I let the children choose which landform image they wanted. Most students chose their favorite one they learned about which was fun!
So, how did I teach this unit? Every day we learned two different landforms. I gathered books and YouTube videos to help me teach. After we read a book/watched a video I had students raise their hands and tell me some items that they learned. We made a T-Chart on our whiteboard full of facts on the two different landforms from that day.
Then I sent the children back to their seats. I have four tables in my room. I gave each table a piece of paper and assigned them a landform (we did this daily- so on the first day I taught volcanos and mountains, two tables had to make a poster on volcanos and two tables made a poster on mountains).
They had to work together to add a title, facts, and an image. They had free range to any art materials in our room. They just had to ask and I would take it out for them!
I’ve done so many collaborative activities throughout the year that my students are pros on assigning each other jobs and taking on different responsibilities. For instance, someone made the title and another colored it in. They took turns making the lines for the facts and writing them. They even took turns cutting, painting, or drawing the landform images.
As the groups finished making their poster daily, they would present it. We made sure they had a title, facts, and an image and if they did, we would applaud and celebrate the group.
he landforms we learned were:
Friday- Review day
Thursday-Landforms wrap up (formal observation)
Friday- Build landforms at our sand park/landform cooking activity
The first day they made their posters they needed a lot more assistance. I offered some ideas on how to create the image and I helped them a little bit on assigning each other jobs.
But, as the two weeks progressed they were so excited to get started and they didn’t need me at all!! You can see the group in the image above even asked if they could go outside to get sand from our park to use in their desert! LOVE it!
Some of the books and YouTube videos that I used can be found by clicking on the links below (there were some days that I didn’t have THAT much info, but we got by!) Also, there is a great landform rap on Flocabulary if you have an account and a great book to start off the unit with HERE:
Volcanos: Book 1 or Book 2 and Video
Mountains: Book and Book 2 and Video
Waterfall: Book and Video
River: Book and Video (diff bodies of water)
Desert: Book and Video
Valley: Book and Video
Plateau: Book and Video
Island: Book and Book
Peninsula: Book and I didn’t find a great informational video but I did show them this as an example
Plain: Book and Video
Canyon: Book and Video
Then it was time for my formal observation! (This observation follows the same guidelines I’ve posted about before, just a different topic and activity. You can read more detail in that post.) At this point we had already learned about 14 different types of landforms! To start off the lesson I asked my students how they felt about their knowledge on landforms. I have a scale on my whiteboard that we use during non-fiction units–it is a scale from 0-4, 0 being I don’t feel like I am doing well and 4 being I am an expert and can even help a friend! Most of my students said they were at a 3 so I said to them, let’s try to get to a 4 today! I think we can do it!